Ospreys and Wales prop Adam Jones and Ireland centre Brian O'Drisoll, who both suffered injuries against South Africa in Saturday's titanic second Test in Pretoria, will return to Britain tomorrow.
O'Driscoll and Jones were among several Lions players who had to leave the field with injuries in a match where the world champions claimed the series with one Test still to play.
Jones dislocated his right shoulder during the match and received hospital treatment in order to have the shoulder put back into place. He will return home for further specialist opinion and treatment.
Jones said, "It is always disappointing to be ruled out of a Test series through injury but I am proud of what the squad and I have achieved on the tour. Personally I will always remember playing in the two first Tests and especially running on for my debut in the starting XV at Loftus Versfeld. My heart will be with the boys on Saturday."
O'Driscoll suffered a concussion in the match and began the return to play on Monday. However it soon became clear at the start of the process that he was not going to be ready for a return to action for Saturday's third Test in Johannesburg.
O'Driscoll said, "Being a part of the 2009 British & Irish Lions squad has been one of the highlights of my career. We were unbeaten leading into the Test matches and it is a shame that the results in the Tests did not go our way but sport comes down to fine margins at times. We could easily have won the first two Tests but it wasn't to be.
"I have decided to return home to my family this week after a very long season and to ensure I give myself every opportunity to recouperate."
Gethin Jenkins who suffered a broken cheekbone in the same match and was also ruled out of the rest of the tour will stay with the tour party. He has a review appointment with the surgeon on Friday. With just one match remaining on the tour the British & Irish Lions will not call for replacement players.
James Robson provided further medical update "The two other players who suffered injury in the second test, Tommy Bowe and Jamie Roberts, continue to be assessed on a daily basis but at this point they are making encouraging progress."
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.